The luxury subcompact crossover Lexus dealerships have been begging for is about to arrive.
As expected, Lexus will unveil the production version of its new UX subcompact crossover early next month at the Geneva Motor Show. We first caught a glimpse of what Lexus has in mind for its first ever small crossover with the UX concept first shown at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Needless to say, it was pretty wild. That now standard spindle grille was more prominent than ever. Obviously the production-spec version will be toned down somewhat, but we get the feeling Lexus is going to go bold on this one.
Just look at the Toyota C-HR, which is on sale right now. The UX and C-HR ride on the same platform and if Toyota managed to style something as emotional as the C-HR, then Lexus has to take things a few steps further. The UX will also serve as the replacement for the now discontinued CT200h, a hatchback we know few will miss. Aside from the teaser image of the production UX rear end, Lexus provided no further details. Also coming to Geneva from Lexus will be the European premiere of the RX L three-row crossover. The LF-1 Limitless concept that debuted at Detroit and the F brand 10th anniversary celebration edition RC F coupe, shown at Chicago, will also be on hand.
We expect the UX will be a 2019 model year vehicle, and sales will likely get underway next fall or early winter. Lexus dealers across the US can hardly wait for this to arrive because luxury subcompact crossovers are hot right now. One example is the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and even the Buick Encore has been selling like hotcakes. We’ll bring you official photos and relevant updates the moment they’re sent our way.